Schools with Home Care Attendant Training Programs: How to Choose

Home care attendants provide emotional support and medical care to the elderly. Home care attendant training programs are offered at many community colleges across the U.S.

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Aspiring home care attendants can enroll in workforce training programs through community colleges or pursue studies as a nursing assistant or aide to prepare to enter this career field. Home care attendants often work with the elderly and may be self-employed or work for an agency.

Schools with Home Care Attendant Programs

Home care attendant programs in the United States are offered at a number of institutions, including those listed here.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees* (2016-2017)
Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA 4-year, Public Certificate In-state: $1,185
Out-of-state: $3,173
Delta College University Center, MI 2-year, Public Certificate In-district: $831
In-state: $1,364
Out-of-state: $2,414
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburg, PA 2-year, Public Training Program $949
Collin College McKinney, TX 4-year, Private Training Program $1,699 (Includes additional expenses)
San Diego Continuing Education San Diego, CA 2-year, Private Certificate Free for residents
Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL 4-year, Public Certificate In-state: $2,000 (Includes additional expenses)
PIMA Medical Institute Mesa, AZ 2-year, Private Certificate $10,976

*Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites

School Selection Criteria

When looking for home care attendant schools there are several things to consider:

  • Many programs require 40 hours of classroom instruction followed by a clinical practicum.
  • Programs should address non-violent crisis intervention and feature classes in psychology and communication so that graduates are able to recognize and respond to a variety of medical emergencies.
  • Certification isn't required to work as a home care attendant, but students interested in voluntary certification available through the National Association for Home Care and Hospice should make sure their program can prepare them to meet credentialing requirements.

Workforce Training

Students in home care attendant programs learn how to provide for a patient's basic needs, including bathing and dressing. They might also study topics like medical terminology, patient documentation, interpersonal communication and ethics. Tuition rates may vary due to differences in program length.

Most programs for home care attendants can be completed in a few months and include CNA programs as well as programs for personal care aides, which are offered by several public and private institutions. Look for programs with interdisciplinary coursework and those that can prepare you for professional certifications.

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